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The Forum

A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics

Edited by: Jeffrey Stonecash and David Hopkins
Your benefits
  • Interdisciplinary outlook on American politics
  • Most recent researches
  • Analytic reasoning
  • Contemporary, historical, or comparative perspective
  • Politically independent
  • Editorial board including top figures in American political science
  • The Forum bridges the gap between academic political science and real-world politics
  • Open access publication

This journal provides a forum for professionally informed commentary on issues affecting contemporary American politics. This includes but is not limited to issues engaging parties, elections, and political participation; the news media, interest groups, Congress, the Presidency, and the Courts; trends in public finance, presidential popularity, congressional productivity; in contemporary, historical, or comparative perspective.

The journal is motivated by the view that social scientists, historians, and legal scholars frequently have important insights into the concerns that arise in contemporary politics and government, drawing upon the disciplinary knowledge at their command. Yet they frequently lack a publishing outlet willing to print the analytic reasoning that gives weight to the resulting commentary. The Forum is designed to fill this gap.

We contemplate a journal free of fixed position and requiring no particular verdict with respect to policies, institutions, or processes. Well-reasoned discussion, disciplined by reference to established bodies of knowledge or aimed at stimulating the creation of such knowledge, is the goal of this journal.

What scholars are saying about The Forum

Over recent years I have seen the wealth of articles available through this electronic journal and consider it a valuable resource both for my own research and for keeping in touch with the field generally.

James F. Guyot, Professor, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, CUNY

This is a major new initiative in electronic publishing, featuring contributions by some of the best U.S. and international scholars of political science and public policy.

Joe Atkinson, Senior Lecturer and Research Director, Political Science, University of Auckland  

Its editors have succeeded in attracting knowledgeable and articulate scholars as authors of articles that deal with important issues in a manner that will appeal to a wide range of college educated readers.

Christian Soe, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Long Beach

This electronic journal consistently provides high level cutting edge research which is extremely timely and cogent with respect to the topics which are important to my research and teaching. Anyone in the field of American government and politics would benefit from the most current issue of The Forum for example.

John Jackson, Professor, Southern Illinois University Carbondale  

This publication is increasingly becoming a "must have" for study of American government.

Melvin J. Dubnick, Professor, University of New Hampshire

  • American politics
  • Political parties
  • Elections and political participation
  • The news media
  • Interest groups
  • Congress and the Presidency
  • Courts
  • Trends in public finance
  • American foreign policy

Article formats
Texts longer than newspaper columns but shorter than orthodox journal articles

Information on submission process

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Four issues/year 
Content available since 2002 (Volume 1, Issue 1)
ISSN: 1540-8884

Abstracting & Indexing

The Forum is covered by the following services:

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  • EBSCO (relevant databases)
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • ERIH PLUS (European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Genamics JournalSeek
  • Google Scholar
  • IBR (International Bibliography of Reviews of Scholarly Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • IBZ (International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • J-Gate
  • Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition
  • JournalGuide
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  • KESLI-NDSL (Korean National Discovery for Science Leaders)
  • Microsoft Academic
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  • Publons
  • QOAM (Quality Open Access Market)
  • ReadCube
  • SCImago (SJR)
  • Semantic Scholar
  • Sherpa/RoMEO
  • Summon (ProQuest)
  • TDNet
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory/ulrichsweb
  • WanFang Data
  • Web of Science - Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Web of Science - Social Sciences Citation Index
  • WorldCat (OCLC)
  • Yewno Discover

Submissions to The Forum should be made in MS Word and emailed directly to the editors at theforum.degruyter@gmail.com

  • Text should be double-spaced, in Times New Roman, with twelve-point font, and indentations to the first sentence of each paragraph. Either footnotes or scientific notation are acceptable (a list of references should follow at the end of the document). Exhibits can be in any standard, easily edited format
  • Submissions will be acknowledged expeditiously
  • Please include cover page with the following:
    1. The title 
    2. The names of authors, with their institutional affiliations and email addresses
    3. A single-spaced abstract of about 150 – 250 words
    4. Three to five keywords
    5. A one- or two-sentence biography of each author
  • References: Please use the The Chicago Manual of Style author-date system for parenthetical citation in the text and the related reference list entry. For more specific details please visit http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html and click on the Author-Date tab
  • IMPORTANT: By submitting to The Forum, you are agreeing to the terms of the De Gruyter Copyright Agreement. To view the full CTA, please visit the following link: De Gruyter Copyright Agreement

Your benefits of publishing with us
  • Insightful reviews
  • High citation rates, abstracting and indexing of your article
  • Top journal in political sciences
  • Every article easily discoverable because of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and comprehensive abstracting and indexing services
  • Increasing Impact Factor
  • Convenient citation tracking via e-mail alert
  • Secure archiving by De Gruyter and the independent archiving service Portico
  • Professional sales and marketing activities

Submission process

Please note
  • Once your article is accepted you have the option to publish it open access
  • Our repository policy allows you to distribute 30 PDF copies of your published article to colleagues (the PDF has to include the information that it is an author's copy). Please also feel free to distribute the link to the online abstract
  • If you have any general questions please visit our FAQ page for authors

We look forward to receiving your manuscript!

Dave Hopkins, Boston College, USA
Jeffrey Stonecash, Syracuse University, USA

Book Review Editor
Rachel Blum, Miami University, USA

Editorial Assistant
Regina Wagner, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

Editorial Board
Sarah A. Binder, George Washington University, USA
Edward G. Carmines, Indiana University, USA
James W. Ceaser, University of Virginia, USA
Daniel DiSalvo, City College, City University of New York, USA
Daniel Galvin, Northwestern University, USA
D. Sunshine Hillygus, Duke University, USA
Gary C. Jacobson, University of California, San Diego, USA
Richard G. C. Johnston, University of British Columbia, UK
Raymond J. La Raja, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
David R. Mayhew, Yale University, USA
James Lee Ray, Vanderbilt University, USA
Byron E. Shafer, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Peter N. Skerry, Boston College, USA
Paul M. Sniderman, Stanford University, USA
Laura Stoker, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Amber Wichowsky, Marquette University, USA




Professional political scientists, as well as a wide audience of anyone interested in American politics